WE ❤️ SUMMER at WESTLONDONTODAY.CO.UK. Fear of missing out? Never fret. This is your one pit stop for all the goodies the summer months have to offer. From open-air events across west London’s neighbourhoods, the West End and London-wide to previews and reviews of all the unmissable shows including all the blockbuster exhibitions.
- PRIDE LONDON | 7 July
Chiswick’s Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be one of the main attractions at Pride London 2018. She joins over 100 acts in the annual parade of the capital’s LGBTQ+ community which continues to grow in popularity.
The parade sets off from Portland Place at 12pm (midday), moving down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and then passes Trafalgar Square before ending on Whitehall. With over one million attendance last year, spectators are advised to avoid busy routes like Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus.
The parade officially finishes around 5pm, but revellers are bound to be swelled by England football fans after the 2018 World Cup quarter-final tie against Sweden. It could yet go on and on if the Three Lions secure victory in Russia.
Alison Camps, co-chairwoman of Pride in London, said: “We obviously wish the England team all the best, we are hoping that all the rainbows, unicorns and glitter will work their magic and send good vibes over to Russia.
“I imagine there will be a lot of multitasking – I’m hoping there will be even more people celebrating on the streets after England have a famous victory.”
- GREENWICH MUSIC TIME | 3rd-8th July
Relive the heady 70s disco era with uber group CHIC and lead guitarist Nile Rodgers (6th) who have all matured like vintage wine. Fresh from performing at this year’s Serpentine summer party, get your boogying shoes on as they belt out all those golden oldies like; We are family and Dance, dance, dance.
Follow it up on 7 July with something more gritty in Britpop bad boy Noel Gallagher, now his own man with his backing band High Flying Birds and no, he has not mellowed one bit. Hosted in a purpose-built outdoor arena, in the grounds of the magnificent Old Royal Naval College, overlooking the River Thames, this year’s jaunt also features Emile Sandé (3rd), Tom Jones (4th), Steps (5th) and Il Divo (8th).
- INNERVISIONS FESTIVAL
The Bad Plus—6th July
The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and have avoided easy categorisation ever since. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.
Fred Wesley & The New J.B.’s—7th July
Fred Wesley is the trombonist, composer, arranger, bandleader and author known worldwide as one of the architects of funk music. Along with Maceo Parker & Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley makes up the classic JB’s Horns who often guest with other artists such as Lenny Kravitz, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.
Me’Shell NdegéOcello—11th July
Me’Shell Nedégocello is a bassist, vocalist and singer-songwriter who has just released her 12th album, ‘Ventriloquism’, a covers record featuring unique takes on songs by Prince, TLC, George Clinton, Janet Jackson and Sade. From her 1993 debut ‘Plantation Lullabies’ through to her latest release, Me’Shell Ndegéocello has built a consistent body of work which embraces jazz, R&B, rock and hip hop.
Janet Kay & Carroll Thompson—14th July
The Queens of Lovers Rock announce an exclusive London concert as part of the inaugural Innervisions Festival. Janet Kay is best known for the Dennis Bovell produced track “Silly games” which went to Number 1 in the National UK charts in 1979. This was the first time a British-born black female hit the top of the charts – a feat now immortalised in the Guinness Book of Records. Carroll Thompson first found fame with the Reggae Smash “I’m So Sorry” and had a slew of hits such as “Hopelessly in Love”, “Make it With You”, “Love Won’t Let Us Wait” and “I’m Still Waiting”. Carroll has worked with Sugar Minott, Trevor Walters, Courtney Pine, Aswad & Mad Professor.
- LIVE PERFORMANCES
The Blues Band—20th July
Many of The Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. No one could have predicted that, 37 years on, they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuosity. The band are today acknowledged throughout Europe and beyond as being amongst the very finest purveyors of rhythm & blues.
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy—2nd August
A celebration of the late Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and the instrumental rock classics of ELP. Carl Palmer, among the most renowned drummers in rock history and a founding member of both ELP and ASIA, continues his extensive 2017 World Tour, ‘EMERSON LAKE & PALMER LIVES ON!’, a musical celebration of his late band mates Keith Emerson and Greg Lake and their group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Roger Chapman Family & Friends—3rd August
Roger Chapman started out in The Farinas whose debut single “You’d Better Stop” came out in 1964. He then joined The Roaring Sixties who eventually changed their name to The Family in 1966. Announcing this date at the award-winning west-London venue, Roger Chapman Family & Friends will be performing a career celebration from 1968 through to the present day.
Ever since bulldozing his way onto the scene with unforgettable tracks like ‘Cuddly Toy’ and ‘Family Man’ in the late 80s, Andrew Roachford’s maverick take on music has spread far and wide. As the first artist to sign a staggering seven-album deal with Columbia Records, it heralded the beginning of something big.
Formed in the late seventies, Aswad quickly became one of the most important Reggae artists to ever emerge from the UK. Early hits such as “Warrior Charge” & “Three Babylon” established the band a massive following culminating in a UK number one hit with “Don’t Turn Around” in 1988.